Hawks end 4-game skid, top Nets 119-89
ATLANTA (AP)—A players-only meeting helped jump-start the Atlanta Hawks.
A visit from the New Jersey Nets also didn’t hurt.
The Hawks won easily one day after their players-only meeting, which followed a talk from coach Mike Woodson. Crawford said the players were not satisfied with their effort in the losing streak.
“I think it was good. When you police yourself, coach doesn’t have to always do it,” Crawford said.
The Hawks, coming off their worst offensive performance of the season, set a season high by making 13 3-pointers, including 10 in the first half. They made 57.3 percent of their shots from the field, just under their season-best 59.1 percent effort in a Dec. 2 win over Toronto.
“I think every bit of adversity we’ve had all season we’ve bounced back from,” Crawford said. “This was just the biggest bump in the road.”
Woodson said he was satisfied with his team’s response to the losing streak.
“I thought it was a great team effort across the board,” Woodson said. “I thought our focus was there from beginning to end.”
The Nets missed their first 11 shots and never led while falling to 1-17 in road games. They have lost 13 of their last 14 overall.
“We came out and we missed a bunch of shots right at the rim,” said Nets coach Kiki Vandeweghe. “We got anything we wanted and for some reason the basket had a lid on it. And that just gave them tons of confidence.
“Again, this is a very difficult time for us right now, where we’re sort of stuck in mud and you’ve got to slug it out.”
“If we don’t get our confidence rolling, they’re a tough team to beat,” Smith said.
The Hawks led 32-15 after the opening period.
“We thought we would come out with better energy tonight, and we did, but we just took a quarter to do it,” Harris said. “We came out with a better effort in the second quarter, but we just didn’t start the game off the way we needed to. They kind of jumped on us.”
The Hawks avoided their first five-game skid in two years. They recovered from their worst offensive game of the season after being held to season lows in points and field-goal percentage (35.2) in Monday’s 92-75 loss to Miami.
Woodson and Smith drew technical fouls for separate second-quarter complaints to officials. It was Smith’s seventh technical foul of the season.
Smith had 11 points, nine rebounds and seven assists—all in the first three quarters.
“When he does what he did tonight, we’re tough to beat,” said Johnson of Smith.
Eleven Atlanta players scored.
NOTES: The Hawks made 10 of 15 3-pointers in the first half to match their Atlanta franchise record. … Quinn, who had not played for Miami, made his first appearance in a game this season. He said he arrived in Atlanta about three hours before the game. … Atlanta hasn’t lost five straight since a six-game streak from Feb. 8-20, 2008. … The attendance at Philips Arena was a season-low 11,219.